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Old 08-13-2010, 03:10 PM   #11
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Re: Hitch ball

Loose hitch ball is definitely not good. The movement of the ball is bound to create problems eventually, when you least expect it. Previous comments re replacing the lock washer.....absolutely yes. Once the washer looses its tension, it will act only as flat washer....less locking or none at all. By the way most truck and RV repair shops have the tools to tighten balls....and they and probably wouldn't charge for such a simple job. Don't take chances.
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Old 08-14-2010, 07:29 AM   #12
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Re: Hitch ball

There is quite a long thread on the "other" fiberglass Forum which discusses the problem of loose hitch balls, for those who are interested.

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ing-37446.html

There is a good link for hitch ball torque here:

http://www.easternmarine.com/em_stor...pler_tech.html

TIGHTEN NUT WITH TORQUE WRENCH AS FOLLOWS:
3/4" DIA. THREAD: 150 LB.-FT.
1" DIA. THREAD: 250 LB.-FT.

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Old 03-06-2011, 12:32 PM   #13
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Re: Hitch ball

It's always reassuring when Baglo gets his ball tightened
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Old 03-06-2011, 01:11 PM   #14
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Re: Hitch ball

I found that good ball has parallel flat spots on the flange so you can put a wrench there.
Remember to match your ball, stud, reciever and hitch.
Not only for your trailer but total load.
Personal I talked with a Hitch company, to make sure that I was not overlooking anything?
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Old 03-06-2011, 03:12 PM   #15
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Re: Hitch ball

We had problems 3 years ago towing a 19 foot stickie built on our way to Haida Gwai (a.k.a. Queen Charlotte Islands) in regards to loose balls, hitch height, etc. I think that we stopped at every Kal Tire store between Prince George and Terrace. They tightened everything up and only charged us for parts. (We finally had Firestone airbags ordered in Burns Lake for delivery in Terrace - that solved the geometry problem.)

The moral of the story is: if you need your ball tightened and don't have the right stuff, don't drive home frustrated. The friendly folks at Kal Tire pride themselves on fast, friendly service especially for travellers.

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Old 03-06-2011, 10:29 PM   #16
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Re: Hitch ball

I filed two flats on the flange so that I can use an open end wrench which is not as wide as a pipe wrench which mars the ball. I tightened to 150 inch pounds. Less, I found, I get surging on concrete highways because of the expansion joints in the concrete.

My new hitch has a pin through the flange preventing the ball from turning.
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